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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!
PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:54 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:43 pm 
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The bridle attachment point for my 2007 Best Bularoo has worn to the point that it's about to fail. It looks like a piece of webbing that's been sewn into and sandwiched between a couple of layers of dacron. The webbing is not very wide (1 - 1.5 cm?) and it looks like it might be woven spectra. Anybody know what it is and where I could get some replacement webbing?

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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!
PostPosted: Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:43 pm 
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hi Don,
you can most probably find polyester webbings of different sizes in the nearest textile shop. if not, go to the supermarket's pet department, find there nice 1,5 - 2m long and 15mm wide dog leash made of nylon webbing (designed to withstand dogs teeth). often it goes with pretty reliable snap-shackle.


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!
PostPosted: Tue Feb 08, 2011 7:57 am 
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I'd say to take to repairs asap... can LE blow badly.



Don Monnot wrote:
The bridle attachment point for my 2007 Best Bularoo has worn to the point that it's about to fail. It looks like a piece of webbing that's been sewn into and sandwiched between a couple of layers of dacron. The webbing is not very wide (1 - 1.5 cm?) and it looks like it might be woven spectra. Anybody know what it is and where I could get some replacement webbing?

Don


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!
PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:31 pm 
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Hello, this is my experience.. my last repairs, I hope it helps you.

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Before (broken seam and bladder)

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After (dacron reconstruction)

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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!
PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:03 am 
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I have had a few knots in my lines. Unaware at the time I kept riding. Obviously the knots got tighter and tighter. The best way I have found to get rid of them is to soak your lines in warm soapy water for 20 minutes.

Then get a spoon out at press hard against the knots to flatten them out. You should now be able to get your teeth or a very blunt fork in there. Done right it should leave absolutely no fray on your lines.

Check out some more of my tips http://kiteboard.weebly.com and my beginners blog as well for more useful tricks on how to pick up the sport a little quicker.


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!
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i can't believe i read all 15 pages and did not find one single repair relevant to foils. but then, i have been flying foils for 11 years and only need to send off for sewing repairs 3 times. i found a source for carbon spars and always keep a spare on hand. that's my advice--keep a spare spar for you peter lynn kites . i bought a roll of spinaker tape years ago but had to throw it away--the glue got old before i needed any, and i never needed any...Sorry guys, can't help much on kite repairs for you tube types.


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!
PostPosted: Sat May 07, 2011 6:20 am 
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Perhaps you can look for some spinnaker tape. I read from a blog that these tapes are made out from the same material the kites are, and it have plenty of colors to choose from. So this are great to use to repair a kite. I hope in some way I helped you.


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!
PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:55 pm 
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3M 5200 takes a few days to dry. It 7 days to full cure on the label :o

I just blew out all the valves in my LF kite one pump. I tied a string to each valve then pull the bladder out (after disconnecting the one pump). I used the kitefix valve kits and they work excellent. Kinda pricey to fix 5 valves though.

To fix on the cheap I'd use double sided tape and some vinyl repair or bicycle tube patch glue. Clean the area with rubbing alcohol. Put the strips of double sticky tape on the bottom of the valve and trim the excess. Smooth out the bladder where the valve goes and carefully stick the valve down. After sticking down, put a thin bead of glue around the edge of the valve and let dry. Carefully pull on the strings to pull the bladder back into the LE. Using the extra strings helps to get the valves back to the hole in the LE without twists. Reconnect the one pump hose and pump up.


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 Post subject: Re: Tips and Tricks to Repair Kites - add your experience!
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:33 am 
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I recently had to replace my bladders so I bought a set of Airtime orange bladders.
2 of the valves were partly stuck to the packaging when they arrived and had to be peeled off causing them damage.
One of the struts burst on its first inflate (and I didn't inflate it hard).
I contacted the shop that sold it to me and they said there is no warranty on that product.
I also contacted airtime that said it was my fault and they would not help me.

What a waste of more than £100 I have not used any of the bladders, if they burst that easily I'm not going to use them in the water.


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